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The Baltimore Sun reports that “putting animal rights over fashion imperatives and its own vibrant shopping scene, leaders of the California city of West Hollywood have given final approval to a first-in-the-nation ban on the sale of fur clothing within its limits.”

The ban takes effect on September 21, 2013 - assuming that it stands up to the inevitable court challenges.

According to the story, “Opponents say nearly half of the 200 apparel stores in town sell at least some fur items, and that merchandise made with animal pelts is estimated to account for up to $2 million in revenues for those businesses each year. But the city's famously left-leaning political establishment ultimately embraced the ban, won over by supporters' arguments that furs are produced from animals that are inhumanely killed for their pelts.”
KC's View:
I know this has nothing to do with the usual MNB retail beat ... but I couldn’t help myself. I have no love for the fur industry - Mrs. Content Guy would no more wear fur than she would eat veal. But this just goes way too far ... especially because it may do serious damage to taxpaying businesses within the city limits at a time when few businesses can afford to have to deal with such problems.